M&G4.2 Students indicate that an object is too heavy.

Syllabus Outcomes
Syllabus Outcomes

Early Stage 1 Outcome 2012

MES1.4 Compares the masses of two objects and describes mass using everyday language. 

WMES1.1 Asks questions that could be explored using mathematics in relation to Early Stage 1 content (Questioning)

WMES1.2 Uses objects, actions, imagery, technology and/or trial and error to explore mathematical problems (Applying Strategies)


Early Stage 1 Outcome 2015

Mae-1WM Describes mathematical situations using everyday language, actions, materials and informal recordings.

Mae-3WM Uses concrete materials and/or pictorial representations to support conclusions.

Mae-12MG Describes and compares the masses of objects using everyday language.


Life Skills 7-10 Outcome 2015

MALS -1WM Responds to and uses mathematical language to demonstrate understanding.

MALS-2WM Applies mathematical strategies to solve problems.

MALS-27MG Selects and uses units to estimate and measure mass.


HSC Life Skills 11-12 Outcomes 2007

6.1 Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the attributes of size, shape, length, mass, temperature, area and volume.

6.2 Demonstrates knowledge, understanding and use of measurement units and tools for length, mass, temperature, area and volume.



Framework Indicators

  • Indicates that an object is too heavy.
  • WM Explore a range of different objects that can either be carried or not carried.

Teacher Language


Give an instruction

‘Try and pick up the …..’.


Make a statement

‘The…. is too heavy’.


Ask a question 

‘Is it too heavy?’

When carrying out any of the following teaching activities it will be necessary to use different levels of support as indicated in the guidelines table at the beginning of Number. Fade this support as the student works towards developing independence.


Indicates that an object is too heavy

The aim of this activity is to have students indicate that an object is too heavy. For students safety teachers need to choose an object within the school environment that is impossible to lift. An example of this could be a piece of playground equipment. Teacher states ‘SN, try and pick up the…. (playground equipment). Is it too heavy?’ Teacher waits for the students response and states ‘The ……. is too heavy’. Repeat this activity using a range of items or equipment that are impossible to lift.



Websites that contain resources, games or activities that could be used to support this goal include:


Suggested Apps


Heavy or Light - the science weighing game